Acclaimed for a rich heritage of excellence in the fine arts, the Music Department provides stimulating and multi-faceted opportunities and experiences for our students. In addition to the bachelor of arts degree in two areas, a minor in music is also available. Majors tracks:
About our accreditation: Since 1937, Wesleyan College has been an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the national accrediting agency for standards in educational quality and institutional integrity.
Students may audition for one of our numerous talent scholarships. The prestigious Lane Scholars Program provides three full-tuition scholarships annually to academically superior first-year applicants for admission whose intended major is in the area of fine arts. Eligible candidates must be invited to compete at Scholarship Day, possess strong academic credentials, and demonstrate their interest and ability to engage in research.
Majors: General Music or Music with an emphasis in organ, piano, or voice
Choose between 3 different degree programs: bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, or bachelor of science in nursing.
* Offered Spring 2021
Find out more about our Pre-Professional programs here.
Music majors at Wesleyan receive unrivaled personal attention and abundant performance opportunities at school and around the community. Our outstanding facilities include elegant performance venues (Burden Parlor, Pierce Chapel, Porter Auditorium), a collection of beautifully restored Steinway and Boesendorfer pianos, one of the most well-known organs in the Southeastern United States (Goodwyn-Candler-Panoz Organ), and access to an extensive number of scores, books, and electronic resources.
Music majors may select from emphasis tracks for more focused study, or general tracks, that allow them to focus on more than one instrument or multiple styles and genres of music. Many music majors double major—a possibility unique to our liberal arts curriculum. By earning a bachelor’s degree with more than one major, students are extremely well prepared for flexibility in their career path.
Internships: Wesleyan’s music majors have interned in major cities around the United States as well as worked for many local community organizations, including Macon Symphony Orchestra, Macon Arts Alliance, Central Georgia Opera Guild, and Macon Little Theatre. Several churches in the area also offer paid internships.
Travel: Music students have attended international summer music festivals or studied abroad in Spain, Korea, Greece, Austria, Germany, and Italy; our vocal ensembles offer additional opportunities for travel and performance to schools and churches throughout the Southeastern United States.
Professional Development: Students regularly present or compete with professional organizations such as Georgia Music Teachers Association, Georgia Music Educators Association, Music Teachers National Association, Atlanta Music Club, National Association of Teachers for Singing, Georgia Collegiate Honors Council, and others.
When I graduate, I can go into any music- or theatre-related field. I could become an actress on stage or screen, a teacher of theatre or music, a vocalist, composer, or musical artist.
Qishan “Valentina” Huang (Class of 2019) came to Wesleyan as part of the dual-degree partnership from Jiangxi Province, China. She soon decided that spending only one year on campus was not enough, so she surrendered her dual-degree and transferred to Wesleyan as a full-time student double majoring in economics and piano performance.
A member of the Concert Choir, Valentina studies piano and harpsichord with Dr. Chenny Gan and organ performance with Associate Professor of Music Dr. Michael McGhee.
In the last two years, Valentina has won the Southeast Young Artist Piano Competition, Georgia Music Teachers Collegiate Concerto Competition, GMTA Collegiate Auditions, and most recently, the Rome Symphony Concerto Competition. Last summer she studied with Dr. Gan at the Interharmony International Music Festival in Germany and was selected as an Outstanding Performer. This summer she attended the Brevard Music Festival, one of this country’s premier summer training programs. READ MORE
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Assistant Professor of Music and Wesleyan Alumna Chenny Gan speaks fondly of of her time as a student at Wesleyan. Her relationships with professors and how integral they were in helping her in ackomplishing her goals. "If you are thinking about Wesleyan, I promise this is a place you are going to grow, and your going to know more about yourself."
Music is considered a fundamental component of human culture and behavior. Music, like language, is an accomplishment that distinguishes humans as a species.
The most obvious role music plays in movies is in manipulating the audience's emotions and engendering in them the desired feelings. The selection of certain sounds create feelings of happiness, fear, or even panic.
Musicians and singers play instruments or sing for live audiences and in recording studios. They perform in a variety of styles, such as classical, jazz, and opera. Musicians and singers often perform in settings such as concert halls, arenas, and clubs.
The director of an orchestra, concert band, music for a film, music at a radio station, the head of the music department in a school, the head bandmaster of a military band, the head organist and choirmaster of a church, and many other things.
A music therapist uses music and all of its facets—physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic, and spiritual—to help clients improve their physical and mental health.
Majoring in music does not limit one to a career in music. Many students go on to successful careers in many fields. Music builds self-confidence, the ability to communicate with others, and other important skills.
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Wesleyan College is privileged to steward many arts and cultural events and share them with the community. Most are free and open to the public. Wesleyan art galleries are open M-F 1:30 – 5:00 PM and on Wesleyan Market Saturdays from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.
Tour our beautiful 200-acre campus featuring Georgian architecture, lush green spaces, recreational facilities, residence halls, and worship center.
Wesleyan College is home to five NCAA Division III sports: soccer, basketball, volleyball, tennis, and softball. In addition, we offer an award-winning Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Equestrian program.